The perceived level of importance of research/scholarship and teaching in tenure decisions at research universities
Coogan, Theresa A.
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A long standing component in the American higher education is the tenure system. Perceptions of the tenure system and the perceptions of the criteria used to evaluate a candidate for awarding tenure seem to vary greatly, especially within the world of academia. This dissertation surveyed department chairs, academic deans, and faculty members who were members on a committee to evaluate tenure and promotion. This study utilized web-based and hard-copy formats for data collection. A random sample of 679 participants from across American and Canada was complied focusing on research universities that retained membership to The Association of American Universities (AAU) during the 2006-07 academic year. This study focused on the perceived levels of importance associated with: (a) specific criteria commonly used in tenure decision-making, and (b) the two major areas of research/scholarship and teaching used in tenure decision-making. Additional factors that were explored and presented in relation to these two topics included institutional sector, academic disciplines.